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Indeed, as the caseload in Canada jumped from 51 to 85, government sources told The Canadian Press that officials were investigating cases of pigs in Alberta becoming infected by the H1N1 strain, the result of a farm worker who fell ill shortly after returning from a trip to Mexico.
It’s believed to be the first time this particular swine flu virus, which is made up of mutated swine flu genes, is believed to have jumped to humans sometime back and has since been passing person to person.
The human swine flu virus has infected pigs in Alberta, a top official with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Saturday.
Dr. Brian Evans, executive vice-president of the CFIA, said at a news conference in Ottawa that the pigs were infected by a farm worker who had recently been to Mexico and fell ill upon his return.
The worker returned from Mexico on April 12 and worked at the Alberta farm two days later. He "may have exposed pigs there to the illness," Evans said.
The man has since recovered. The pigs are also recovering and samples are being analyzed, he said.
"We have found the virus is the one being tracked in the human population," Evans said. He did not say how many pigs were affected and did not name the farm.
He reiterated that there is no risk of contracting the illness by consuming pork or coming in contact with pigs.
Originally posted by pluckynoonez
reply to post by ZombieSlayer
The news conference is in Latin, I don't speak Latin, and besides, I thought Canadians spoke a hillbillly-version of Australian english.
[edit on 2-5-2009 by pluckynoonez]
More than a week after the swine flu outbreak rattled the world, with cases of infected people popping up from Mexico to South Korea, the new virus strain has shown up in a herd of swine.
The catch, Canadian officials say, is that the animals may have caught the flu from a human.
Canadian officials on Saturday said they have quarantined pigs that tested positive for the virus -- scientifically known as 2009 H1N1 -- at an Alberta farm in what could be the first identified case of pigs infected during the recent outbreak. They said the pigs may have been infected by a Canadian farmer who recently returned from a trip to Mexico, the epicenter of the outbreak that has sickened nearly 660 people.
The farmer "may have exposed swine on the farm to an influenza virus," said Dr. Brian Evans of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.